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John Evans honored with Governor's Distinguished Hoosier award

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With more than four decades of public service under his belt, County Commissioner John Evans, R-North, was awarded the recognition of Distinguished Hoosier from the Indiana Governor’s Office at his last meeting Tuesday.

County officials and employees, current and retired, gave Evans a standing ovation as he received the award from State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso.

“A lot of years you’ve been here and served our community well. I only hold one thing against you and that is you and Ralph Ayres talked me into to becoming state representative. But we’re very, very proud of the work you have done and we’re thankful for that,” Soliday said.

Signed by Indiana Governor and U.S. Vice-President elect Mike Pence, the Distinguished Hoosier award recognizes Evans as “an individual who has earned the respect and admiration of Hoosiers across the state.”

Evans is ending his fourth consecutive term on the Board of Commissioners and has been president of the board since 2011. He first entered government as a deputy coroner under the supervision of then Coroner Carl Edmonds and later was elected County Coroner in 1982.

Altogether, Evans spent 25 years in the Coroner’s Office.

Aside from his political career, Evans is the owner of Edmonds and Evans Funeral Homes in Chesterton and Portage.

“I really don’t know what to say because I didn’t think this day would ever get here. I just want to thank the people of Porter County,” Evans told the audience Tuesday. “It’s overwhelming the things that have happened in the last couple of days. People have texted, emailed, sent messages. You just show up and want to do what’s right and people appreciate it. I guess that’s what you are supposed to do.”

Reflecting on his years of service, Evans read part of Dr. Kent Keith’s “The Paradoxical Commandments” that begins “People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered. Love them anyway.”

Commissioner Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South, presented Evans with another plaque listing his roles in government with time served. “This is a guy who has never lost an election and has been here for 40 years. That’s pretty impressive, I think.”

Evans announced in February he would not seek a fifth term. He made a statement to the press then saying he looks forward to spending time with and traveling with his wife, Laurie Wehner-Evans.



Posted 12/21/2106




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